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Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996)

Benoit Blanc loves living, he loves women, he loves daring. He is a famous businessman who suffers from stomach-ache. Fabiolini, a would-be actor, is a policeman and he too suffers from the... See full summary »


Claude Lelouch


René Bonnell, Jean-Philippe Chatrier (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Fabio Lini
Bernard Tapie ... Benoit Blanc
Alessandra Martines ... Docteur Nitez
Pierre Arditi ... Lerner
Ticky Holgado ... Toc Toc, Loulou's Father
Ophélie Winter ... Pretty Blonde of Crillon
Patrick Husson Patrick Husson ... Falsetto Singer#-#Falestto Singer (voice)
Salomé Lelouch Salomé Lelouch ... Lola Dufour (as Salomé)
Christophe Hémon Christophe Hémon ... Loulou, boy from Train
William Leymergie William Leymergie ... Dufour
Caroline Cellier ... Madame Blanc
Gisèle Casadesus ... Clara Blanc, Benoit's Mother
Daniel Gélin ... The Widower
Anouk Aimée ... The Widow
Philippe Khorsand ... Restaurant chief


Benoit Blanc loves living, he loves women, he loves daring. He is a famous businessman who suffers from stomach-ache. Fabiolini, a would-be actor, is a policeman and he too suffers from the same sickness. The two man face suffering in opposite ways: Benoit Blanc is optimistic while Fabiolini, always unsure of himself, is persuaded he is seriously ill. The two men meet by chance while doing a gastroscopy and become friends. After having known their real different conditions, they will change and will understand better their lives. Around them, other people, women and men, will see their lives changed, by chance, by love or solely by the life stream. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 August 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Men, Women: A User's Manual See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Seemingly random yarns not without substance
18 April 2011 | by Piers1See all my reviews

I recorded this from UK TV about 3 years after it was released and I would like to confess that I really enjoyed this production. I only wish it were available on DVD with subs.

I'm not familiar with Lelouch's body of work but have taken note of some critical appraisals certain of which mark him as somewhat polished, perhaps suggesting affectedness and/or superficiality.

IMO, underneath the main and supporting story lines here (which almost self-identify as yarns) which play like anecdotes of dubious veracity such as a bibulous fabulist at a bar might recount, there can be discovered a revelatory satire on the human condition (needless to say, the best commendation one could make for a work of art). This is commonly translated as a journey, a search for something nameless (because you don't know what it is yet), but you do know is of inestimable value - like some phantom treasure (cf. the tramp with the world-quieting singing voice), and which might be discovered anywhere.

Is it enlightenment? Love? I hesitate to name it. One thing that this film communicates very enjoyably and with resounding verve characterised in a very French, gaily philosophical way, is the common cinematic narrative that we all are linked by those seemingly random, chaotic, journeys or rather, it is our journeys which are interlinked which confers on us all the status of fellow-travellers, pilgrims dancing and singing our several ways, all of which ultimately -and without exception- lead in one direction: toward the place on the other side of the horizon.

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